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The Botched Language Of Cranes
Episode Details

Written by: Joe Keenan

Directed by: David Lee

Original US airdate: 1st November 1994

Original UK airdate: 4th August 1995

Cast Information
Main Cast
Frasier Crane .... Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane .... David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane .... John Mahoney
Daphne Moon .... Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle .... Peri Gilpin
Recurring Cast
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Father Mike .... George Deloy
Guest Cast
Sister Joeslia .... Helen Geller
Guest Callers
Edna .... Alfre Woodard
Connie .... Sandra Dee

Episode Synopsis

A female caller to Frasier's show is depressed with her life and her job so Frasier suggests trying something new such as moving to a new town as Frasier too sometimes finds Seattle a depressing place to live. Thinking nothing of the advice he has dispensed, he awakes the next day to find Derek Mann has complained about Frasier's comments in his newspaper column but Frasier is adamant that he has said nothing wrong and refuses to apologise, despite Martin's warning that you don't knock the city. Arriving at work, he finds out that Roz has been on the phone to irate listeners all morning and has broken Bulldog's complaints record with 50 people complaining. Although Frasier maintains he won't apologise, his whole show is filled with people angry about what he has said.

At the end of his show, Frasier does finally apologise but hits the wrong button and he is still on the air when he complains to Roz about all the "whiny people" that have called in before Roz finally takes him off the air. She comes over later that night to tell Frasier that management are threatening to suspend Frasier unless he does something to put it right and so he agrees to give a speech at a benefit dinner for St Bart's Hospital. Feeling nervous on the night, he goes to the bathroom at the same time as Father Mike explains that the Bishop who normally introduces the guest speaker has gone missing after a boating accident. Unfortuantely, Frasier then proceeds to make faux pas after faux pas ......

Episode Title Cards
  • He Will Be The Word's First Four Legged Leprechaun
  • Let A Smile Be Youe Umbrella
  • Man Overboard

Episode Highlights

- Frasier is doing on air adverts for a new sponsor:
Frasier: "Pet Paradise - When a shoebox isn't enough"

- Frasier maintains he was right when he said Seattle was a bit rainy and depressing:
Frasier:You have to admit it does get a bit damp around here - for God's sak, the state flag is mildew!.

- After hearing about all the listener's complaints:
Frasier: Forgive me - from now on, I'll stick to suicide and birth control. Stay away from the controversial stuff like weather!.

- Niles is trying to set up an new TV for Martin:
Daphne: Isn't there a manual?
Niles: Yes, but Stephen Hawking isn't here to explain it to us (!).

- Frasier is talking about the aftermath of his comments:
Frasier: You would not believe the hostility. Even at Cafe Nervosa - my sanctuary - I thought they were trying out a new cappuccino maker. I turned and there were 3 tables hissing at me!

- Roz complains to Frasier about the effect his comments has had on her:
Roz: You're even alienating my boyfriends!
Frasier: Oh, we can't afford to lose a demographic as large as that (!).

- After everyone but Frasier has heard about the Bishop:
Frasier: I had expected to be introduced by the Bishop but I'm sure he'll drift in eventually.

Frasier Online Episode Review

A delightful episode with many great moments and one-liners, not least the final scene where Frasier is supposed to save face by giving a speech and ends up putting his foot in it again and again. Kelsey Grammer's comedic talents shine in this episode such as in the brilliant running joke throughout the episode where every unmbrella Frasier buys manages to get destroyed. This episode is simply a little gem.


83 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 89.3%
Total Number of Reviews: 3

A hoot, Nov 24, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

An hilarious episode, combining much of the best of what "Frasier" has to offer. The initial workplace humour moves into one of my favourite "Frasier" genres: when the whole city turns against him. A put-upon Frasier Crane is a funny Frasier Crane, and the climactic dinner event, where his fortunes go from bad to worse, is a hoot. I love any time the characters are dressed up and out together, and it's nice to see Roz slowly integrating with the Crane clan. Great fun.

Rating: 89%


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